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Toilet tradition helps pay for new city banners
Toilet tradition helps pay for new city banners

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— The Coopersville community can thank a tradition involving toilets for some of the new signs greeting visitors.

City officials say the 30 city banners hanging above the historic downtown area were partly paid for by a group of merchants, with money they raised during the Outhouse 500.  The city also contributed nearly $4,000 to purchasing the new set of 52 banners.

The banners came in two designs; the set hanging above Randall Street feature a train with the message “Coopersville welcomes you.” The other set, located in the historic downtown area, carries the image of a building and the message “Welcome, explore and enjoy.” 

The banners are from a company out of Kalamazoo.   Each one is made out of heavy duty awning material so it can stand up to Michigan’s harsh weather conditions.  The Downtown Development Authority hopes the banners will last for 10 years. 

The banners will remain up until city workers switch them out for more festive holiday signs, likely around December 1.